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Лучший игрок команды Portland “Trail Blazers”…

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The rebound was grabbed by LaMarcus Aldridge and forwarded out to Damian Lillard. By the time it reached Wesley Matthews, there was one step remaining in his season. When he tried to explode past Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Matthews’ left Achilles tendon snapped.

Later that night Aldridge looked both numb and resolute as he listed all of the good things that his Trail Blazers would be missing from Matthews. “He’s the heart and soul of the team,” said Aldridge in the Portland locker room last week. “He sets the tone for us in every way, talking to guys and keeping everybody in it. So he does everything for this team.”

He spoke as if these were the latest qualities he was going to have to take on, in addition to his team-leading 23.2 points and 10.5 rebounds this season.
Matthews, his closest friend among the Blazers and the leading source of their inspiration, would have to be replaced. Aldridge, the best player on the team, was going to have to do more in order to replace him.

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